Just 14 inches high, with flowers that open slowly from tip to base.
48374.jpgLiatris spicata 'Kobold Original'
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Kobold Gayfeather

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Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original'

Deer-resistant, a butterfly magnet, and happy even in poor or dry soils.
The native Liatris spicata is a tall, airy wildflower, irresistible to butterflies and able to thrive in a variety of adverse conditions. Kobold is a splendid cultivar of that native species, with the same adaptability and butterfly appeal in a much more compact, flower-intense form.

Absolutely indispensable for the meadow garden, wildflower groupings, and the sunny border, Kobold grows just 14 inches high but boasts long, flower-packed stems that open (unusually) from the top down, keeping the plant in color for many weeks in mid- to late summer. The blooms are a rosy shade of lavender, held elegantly above whorled, narrow foliage. They make excellent cutflowers, and bring in butterflies by the dozen during their long season of glory.

Kobold is left alone by deer and other nibbling creatures, and flourishes quite happily in poor or dry soils provided the drainage is good and full sunshine is available. Truly carefree, it is a perennial to plant both in small clumps and great drifts for breathtaking swathes of color. Its native vigor helps it resist disease, and it is hardy across the United States. Do give it a go in your garden this season! Zones 3-9.

Genus Liatris
Species spicata
Variety 'Kobold Original'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 3 - 10
Bloom Season Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Plant Height 24 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native
Bloom Color Lavender, Rose
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
Kobold GayfeatherLiatris spicata 'Kobold Original'
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Planting:

Set plants in sun, spacing 18 to 24 inches apart; for best effect, plant in masses. Light, well-drained but moisture-retentive soil of moderate fertility is preferred.


Maintenance:

Keep soil moist during flowering period. Stake taller plants as needed. Remove faded flower spikes to encourage a second flowering.


Zones:

Zones 3-10

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.